Biglaw Firm Encourages All Employees To Use Gender Pronouns In Email Signatures – As Biglaw firms around the world continue their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within their ranks, some leading firms are going a step further by recognizing that pronouns are important to their transgender, genderqueer and non-binary employees.
To that end, tipsters say Sidley Austin recently offered full approval and support for staff and employees to add gender pronouns to their email signature blocks. In fact, the company recently highlighted this practice in one of its tech advisory emails on Tuesday. Check it out below:
Biglaw Firm Encourages All Employees To Use Gender Pronouns In Email Signatures
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A firm source shared this great note with us about the importance of diversity and inclusion at Biglaw firms, even through such “small” actions as supporting the use of gender pronouns in email signatures:
Although I am not transgender or genderfluid, I am still very proud of Sidley for being one of the few Biglaw firms I know of that is doing this, and I would encourage more firms to take the leap. I know a lot of people don’t necessarily understand why this is important, or think they shouldn’t add it themselves because they “don’t have to” give their own pronouns. However, it can be very isolating to be “the only” person who has to/wants to identify personal pronouns, so there is strength and support in asking someone else to do it first/with you. It’s a small, simple thing we can all do to be more inclusive and welcoming, and it can have a big impact on people who feel marginalized or unseen.
This is a very simple step, but one that goes a long way in normalizing the practice and setting the tone for inclusion. Does your company support the use of gender pronouns in email signatures? Let us know.
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